Budget an Opportunity to Learn the Mistakes of Past Privatisation

The Victorian Greens are calling on Labor to learn from past mistakes and stop outsourcing key government functions in their submission for the 2018-2019 Victorian Budget.

Earlier this year, the Premier agreed that Victorians were worse off after the state's electricity network was privatised. Now is the time to act on that realisation and stop privatisation spreading through key areas of government responsibility.  

Among the measures proposed by the Greens are:

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Yarra Pools Proposal Should be Explored

Greens State MP for Melbourne, Ellen Sandell, calls for government to assess the viability of the Yarra Pools concept.

Local community members have put forward a proposal for a not-for-profit pool or series of pools on the Yarra River, within easy reach of the city.

Ellen has written to the Ministers for Planning, Environment, Water, and Sport, calling on them to develop a business case for Yarra Pools, due to potential benefits in health and fitness, community-building, and education.

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We're Hiring a Senior Advisor - Parliament, Campaigns, Climate Policy and Office Operations

Senior Advisor - Parliament, Campaigns, Climate Policy and Office Operations

We’re looking for a self-motivated and strategic team member to join the office of Ellen Sandell, Greens state MP for Melbourne. Ellen was elected in 2014 as the very first lower house Greens MP in the Victorian Parliament. She holds the portfolios of climate change, energy, environment, resources and Treasury and Finance.

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ELLEN: Snowy Hydro Windfall Should Fund Renewable Energy

The Victorian Greens are calling for a portion of the funds of the sale of the state’s share of the Snowy Hydro scheme to be invested in energy infrastructure to permanently end the state’s reliance on fossil fuel, including gas.

The move comes as the Australian Energy Market Operator warns the state will not have enough gas to meet current needs in 2022, a shortfall the Greens say can be met and exceeded through a transformational investment in renewable energy.

 

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ELLEN: Upgrade South Kensington Station

Greens State MP for Melbourne, Ellen Sandell calls for immediate action to upgrade South Kensington Station.

The $11b Metro Tunnel will surface at South Kensington Station, but the Labor Government has rejected calls to improve the station as part of these works.

Ms Sandell was recently contacted by a father who lives in Kensington with his disabled son. Like many locals, his son uses South Kensington Station for his daily commute. He wrote:

"I worry about him on that platform each day because it is just so narrow and the express trains just rattle on through. It is time for an upgrade and it should be done sooner than later."

Quotes attributable to Ms Sandell:

"South Kensington Station is poorly designed and completely inadequate. The platforms are dangerously overcrowded and too narrow, especially for prams and wheelchairs."

"With construction already happening in the area, the Andrews Government must commit to upgrading South Kensington Station now."

"I will continue working with local residents until we get the safe and accessible station we need."

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